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Suffolk passes a $3.8 billion budget with one-shot revenue and more police funding

Mark Lennihan

Suffolk County lawmakers passed a $3.8 billion budget with the help of federal pandemic aid, higher sales tax revenue and an opioid legal settlement.

The budget passed unanimously and has money for expanded sewers, debt repayment and hiring more county workers. The county will hire some 500 public safety employees including police, corrections officers and sheriff deputies. The police budget is increased 16% compared to last year and will compose 21% of the county’s total budget.

For homeowners without sewers, the county portion of their tax bill will remain the same. The budget increases are offset by roughly half a billion dollars in one-shot revenue.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.